Haelan Empowered Blog

Haelan [IPA: 'heɪlɪn] - to heal, to cure, to alleviate anxiety

Empowered - having the knowledge, confidence, ability

 

What is Insulin Resistance? Feb 26, 2024

Insulin resistance is a looming threat to our overall health and wellness as a society. A recent analysis from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) in 2021 found that 40% of adults in the US age 18-44 are insulin resistant (Freeman & Pennings, 2023). This is up from...

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What is the relationship between cortisol and insulin? Feb 19, 2024

Maintaining optimal blood sugar levels is crucial for overall health, and the intricate relationship between cortisol and insulin plays a pivotal role in this delicate balance. In this blog post, we will dive into the relationship between cortisol and insulin, exploring the impact on blood sugar...

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How Cortisol and Stress Impact Other Hormones Feb 12, 2024

Stress is something that affects all of us. In today's world most of us find ourselves juggling multiple responsibilities, leading to heightened stress levels and, consequently, burnout. While stress is a natural response to life's challenges, prolonged exposure can wreak havoc on the...

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How Mindfulness Lowers Stress Feb 05, 2024

Most of the women I work with as clients are in their late 30s, 40s and 50s. Life at this stage is a beautiful journey, but we all know it comes with its fair share of stress and challenges. Kids, work, maintaining friendships, aging parents, changes with our sig-os, changes with our bodies and...

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Finding Balance: How Exercise Impacts Cortisol levels Jan 29, 2024

Life is an incredible journey, but it often throws stress and challenges our way. If you're experiencing stress or burnout, know that you're not alone. The good news is that there's a powerful tool at your disposal – exercise! In this post, we'll delve into the vital connection between...

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How sleep affects cortisol and how cortisol affects sleep. Jan 22, 2024

The Importance of Sleep

It's 10pm and you're ready for bed. You've been tired all day and are soooo ready to get some sleep. You lay down and put your head on the pillow and . . . . nothing. You're thinking through the day, about the day tomorrow, about the imaginary conversation you need to have...

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How to Balance Cortisol with Nutrition Jan 15, 2024

I'll be the first to admit that when I'm stressed out, my focus on nutrition generally has been one of the first things to go. At the height of my anxiety, I decided to take a look at what I was eating. I wrote down what I ate for three days . . . boy, what a wake up call.

No breakfast, two cups...

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What Is Cortisol? Jan 08, 2024

Hi, and welcome back! As promised last week, today we are going to talk more about our primary stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol has been given a bit of a bad reputation recently. Have you seen the social posts on the effects of having high cortisol levels? At least in my world, they are...

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What is stress? Jan 01, 2024

One of the major modifiable lifestyle factors that I love addressing with clients is stress. I find that addressing this early on in our work together makes changing other things easier.

Having listening to thousands of patients throughout the years, it's amazing how central the concept of...

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Welcome! Dec 16, 2023

Welcome to the start of the Haelan Empowered Blog

Hi! And welcome! I am so glad you’ve found this space. I want to start off by saying that you are not alone on your health and wellness journey. There are so many of us wanting to move from a space of just surviving -feeling worn out, run...

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